Project Guide

 

Sweaters

Level
Easy

Pattern Link
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flax (it's free!)

Comments This is the sweater I recommend to any student who has not knit a sweater before and wants an easy introduction.  Like all Tin Can Knits patterns, it is very well written, descriptive, and if you do exactly as the pattern says, you will get an awesome result.  Because the sweater is knit top down, you'll be able to try it on as you knit to make sure it's going to fit, and it comes in sizing that should fit anyone in your family.

What You'll Need

  • This sweater uses aran or heavy worsted weight yarn, and the amount will depend on the size you decide to knit (consult the pattern for yardage).  Excellent choices for this sweater include Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, Shelter, Friday Harbour, or Santa Cruz.
  • Needles: You will need a set of dpn in two sizes (4mm and 5mm), as well as circular needles.  The length of the circular needle will depend on the size you are making:  under 4 years old, 16" (40cm), 4 years old to size XS, you need both sizes in both 16" (40cm)  and 24" (60cm), and size small to 4xl, you need both sizes in both 16" (40cm) and 32".
  • You will also need stitch markers to keep the arms of the sweater in the right place.  We have a variety of these, listed here.
  • You will also want a darning or wool needle to sew in the ends.

Socks

Level 
Novice (You should know how to knit in the round, increase, decrease, and be comfortable following a pattern) 

Pattern Link
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/my-favorite-vanilla-socks (it's free to download!) 

Comments
This is an excellent pattern for those who want to try a pair of socks.  You should be comfortable knitting in the round (either with Magic Loop or double pointed needles), and be comfortable following a pattern, but the instructions in this pattern are both concise and standard enough that if there is something you don't know how to do, a quick YouTube search should help you out. 

What you'll need

  • 100g (1 ball) of sock yarn:  I would suggest checking out one of our newer colour ranges, Gargia, which is a new colour range by the ever-popular Arne and Carlos.  It is a very sturdy, yet soft, sock yarn that wears hard and has the benefit of being self-patterning.  If you are wool-averse, you can also make this pattern using Comfort Sock or Summer Soxx,  which are both also vegan-friendly.  1 ball of any of these yarns should be plenty.
  • 1 pair of 2.75mm needles.  This pattern has instructions for knitting in the round using either Magic Loop (in which case, use a 80cm circular) and for the more traditional dpn needles.  Either will work fine.  If you are a particularly loose knitter, use 2.5mm needles.  If you are a tight knitter, stick with the 2.75mm.
  • Removable stitch markers.  If you are short on these, you can find more here, or if you are feeling in the mood to treat yourself, we also have these by Katrinkles.
  • You will also want a darning or wool needle to sew in the ends.

Shawls & Wraps

Level
Easy

Pattern Link
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/therapy (it is a paid pattern, and worth every penny)

Comments
This is pattern is great.  It is a relaxing knit, and has line-by-line instructions (as well as more general instructions for those of you who prefer that) as well.  All of the techniques are in standard annotation (search them on Youtube if you're not sure what they mean), and the pattern results in a gorgeous shawl that can be used as a stash buster, or as a treat for new yarns.  Use lots of contrast for a statement piece, or yarns that are closer in tone if you want something more subtle.  

What you'll need

  • This shawl uses three colours of fingering weight yarn, and a total of about 650 yards.  The breakdown by colour is as follows:  400 yards of the "main" colour (colour b, yellow in the picture), 180 yards of the secondary colour (colour c, dark grey in the picture), and 70 yards of the tertiary colour, which is a light grey and hard to see in the picture shown, but light grey in the pictures on the Ravelry page.  Our Koigu KPPPM would be fantastic as either the secondary or tertiary colour, and any semi-solid or luxury yarn like our new Exquisite would make a gorgeous, cozy indulgence as the main colour.  Enterprising colourists also might find the Merino Gradient Kits useful for blending as the main and tertiary colours as well!   
  • 1 pair of 3.5mm needles.  Because this is a shawl, you will probably want the needles to be relatively long, a 60cm cord should be fine to start, but you will probably eventually want an 80cm cord when you get to the longer edge.
  • You will also want a darning or wool needle to sew in the ends.

Blankets

Level
Easy (This is knit flat, and just requires you knowing how to knit and purl, everything else is explained in the pattern)

Pattern Link
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/phoenix-blanket-2 (it's free to download!)

Comments
This is a pattern that works equally well with solid colours and variegated yarns...or any combination thereof.  The pattern also has links on how to do an icord cast on and bind off, although, if this is too spicy for you, you can easily leave that part off.  While the pattern is written for bulky yarn, it could certainly be worked in any gauge (we are recommending worsted), with more or fewer stitches to compensate, and it has a very easy, predictable repeat, making it a perfect knit for watching TV or video-chatting.

What you'll need

    • This blanket is knit in two colours, and the amount of yarn that you'll need will depend on the size blanket that you want to make, as well as the gauge yarn you choose.  For a blanket that is washable, soft, and sings in colour, I would recommend Superwash Wave and Cascade 220 Superwash Merino.  For a baby blanket, get 4 of the main colour (the one that will show the most), and 2 of the contrast colour, and you won't need to worry about running short.  Follow the instructions for the largest size.  If you want to make the blanket larger, simply cast on more stitches until it is the width that you want.
    • 1 set of 5-6mm, 80cm circular needles.  This differs from the pattern,  as it will give you a slightly lighter-weight blanket that is machine washable.    
    • You will also want a darning or wool needle to sew in the ends.

Hats

Level 
Novice (You should know or be willing to learn how to knit in the round, decrease, and be comfortable following a pattern) 

Pattern Link
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rikke-hat (it's free to download!) 

Comments
Looking for a project to try out knitting in the round, or decreases?  This hat is it.  Easy to follow instructions, and a great design that suits just about everyone...what more is there to ask of a pattern?  If there is something you don't know how to do, a quick YouTube search should help you out. 

What you'll need

  • DK or Light Worsted yarn, 100g.  Eco Hemp would do a lovely tweedy-looking hat, while Arno would be an excellent single-colour choice.  Both have a nice balance of wool and plant fibre, which would suit the style of the hat.
  • 3.5mm and 4.5mm needles.  You will need 1 pair each of 40cm / 16" circular needles, as well as a set of 4.5mm double pointed needles to finish off the top of the hat.
  • You will also need stitch markers to mark your decreases for the crown of the hat.  We have a variety of these, listed here.
  • You will also want a darning or wool needle to sew in the ends.